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Honeymooners Beware: T+L Lists The World's Best Hotels for Families

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August 25, 2009 at 3:24 PM | by | Comment (1)

The list-makers at Travel + Leisure don't strictly cater to single jetsetting types. There's an active sect of family travelers out there, and those that don't consider Disneyland the Alpha-Omega of getaways. Sorry, Mickey.

Their survey of the "World's Best Hotels and Cruises for Families" in the U.S. and Canada is topped by the Enchantment Resort of Sedona, Arizona (which, coincidentally, sounds Disney-esque). It's no rough-it campsite or—shudder—Comfort Suites, but a luxury resort where adults are known to enjoy playtime as much as their young counterparts.

The hotel's site explicitly tells prospective travelers not to "worry about the kids," citing activities like Camp Coyote exploration as a selling-point. The Camp is an educational program designed for kids aged 4-12, where they can partake in "scavenger hunts, outdoor games and Southwestern-inspired cooking classes," with a full day of Camp priced at $70.

Meanwhile, expect a virtual buffet of activities for parents as well, ranging from Hatha Yoga to Creative Photography classes. Does this sound suspiciously like a week-long retreat at Dirty Dancing's fictional Kellerman's camp, or what?

TripAdvisor ratings are generally positive, though many users say the accommodations are dated, and we couldn't find many parents who had reviewed it. Still, there is across-the-board praise for Enchantment's beautiful setting and spa services at Mii amo.

Other worldwide leaders in the T + L survey include Four Seasons Resort Nevis, West Indies, The Villas at Esperanza, Los Cabos, and Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris.

Single travelers and kid-free couples will want to take note of T + L's list, too. The last thing you need disrupting a romantic weekend away is a screaming seven-year-old lounging by you at the pool.

[Photo: VideoSusan/TripAdvisor]

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I agree that this list is very helpful to couples who want to avoid vacationing with other people's children. I consider places on this list musts to avoid!

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